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Funky Dawgz Brass Band and The Big Takeover
Friday, December 14, 2018 @ Nectar's
Bar & Restaurant: 5:00pm
21+ $5 ADV // $7 DOS
Funky Dawgz Brass Band
The Funky Dawgz Brass Band is exploding onto the live music scene not just in their home state of Connecticut but also across the region and even down in New Orleans. This 10-piece funky groove machine is loaded with high-energy horns and a backbeat that is irresistibly funky. This summer they blew audiences away at Gathering of the Vibes, on the main stage of the Norwalk Oyster Festival, and at many well-known venues in New York City, Boston, Providence, Hartford, and New Orleans just to name a few. They are taking the music of New Orleans to a whole new level, playing traditional New Orleans R&B, rocking their original music, and adding a brass twist to today’s top hits.
The Funky Dawgz recently immersed themselves in the music and culture of the New Orleans, performing with the likes of Trombone Shorty, the Rebirth Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, the TBC Brass Band, and members of the Soul Rebels Brass Band.
The band is made up of students from the University of Connecticut; each one of them has also participated in the UConn Marching Band. When they’re not playing shows they are giving back to the community. They were originally formed as a vehicle to connect, engage, inspire and rejuvenate music education in Connecticut’s inner city schools. They frequently give performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state.
The Big Takeover
Since 2007, the New York six-piece The Big Takeover has been fulfilling the mission implied in their name: packing clubs in the city and upstate and building their brand and reputation on the road and in the studio. A far cry from the pop-punk of American ska, The Big Takeover take their cues from Desmond Dekker and the first wave of Jamaican pop music as well as from the soulful energy and sophistication of Motown. At the center of this tight, grooving ensemble is the live-wire singing and deceptively subtle songwriting of the Jamaican-born NeeNee Rushie, a powerhouse performer who makes the audience feel like accomplices more than spectators. Traditional and experimental, The Big Takeover’s global blend reveals deep fluency in reggae and world music, hints of soul, and a pop classicism that is their own thing entirely. In New York’s musically hopping Mid-Hudson Valley, they are only the band around that is welcomed and honored at all the major national-circuit rooms: the indie/experimental haven of BSP in Kingston, the jazz and blues gem that is the Falcon in Marlboro, the classic rock mecca of the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. The Big Takeover packs them all. On the road, the band has played over 500 shows, sharing stages with The Original Wailers, Jefferson Starship, Eek-a- Mouse, the Slackers and more. The band was recently selected to participate in a Converse Rubber Tracks Session in Brooklyn NY, and released their fourth full-length record, ‘Silly Girl’ at the beginning of 2017- to critical acclaim. A national tour to celebrate its release is in the works.